‘I was the sixth victim’

2012-04-17 00:00

A 28-YEAR-OLD woman who was excited about landing her very first job became the latest victim of the notorious Bisley railway rapist on Friday the 13th.

The woman from Elandskop had been job hunting for three years without luck.

The attack on the woman means that the rapist struck three times last week, on Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday. His first attack was in February.

Police arrested a 32-year-old suspect at a tavern in the CBD on Sunday and he will appear in court today.

Speaking to The Witness yesterday , the young mother said the promised job would have been her first.

She said the rapist’s charm made her fall for his lies and promises of employment.

“There was nothing suspicious about him when we met at the taxi rank on Friday morning,” the soft-spoken woman said.

She told The Witness that her friend had met the suspect in the city centre.

He asked if she knew any woman looking for a job.

Knowing that she was unemployed, her friend gave him her number.

“He called me in the early hours of the morning and set up an appointment to meet at a taxi rank at around 7 am. I told him what I was wearing.”

When she arrived at the taxi rank they boarded a taxi to go to the house where she was supposed to start her first job.

“He said he was taking me to a white family. I was going be a domestic worker. While we were in the taxi, I asked him questions about where the house is situated and how many children this family had and he gave me convincing answers.”

They got off at the railway line near Oribi Village in Bisley.

“We walked quite a distance into the bushes. I then got suspicious when we reached the middle of the bush.

“I sent an SMS to my friend saying ‘I’m so scared, I don’t know where I am and if I die today I don’t think you’ll find my corpse’. I was overwhelmed by fear.”

She said the area was quiet and isolated with not a soul in sight and no voices within earshot.

It was just the two of them in the bush.

The woman said she tried to drift away from him so she could flee, but the rapist kept a beady eye on her. He threatened to stab her if she tried to run or scream.

“He said he was going to stab me but didn’t take out a knife. He then raped me, left me there and fled with my R100 taxi fare,” she said.

She was all alone. She said she gathered enough strength to stand and ran as fast as she could until she came across a municipal van into which she threw herself.

“I told them what had just happened and they drove me to Alexandra Road police station,” she said.

Police spokesperson Lieutenant Joey Jeevan said they believe the rapist robbed a 21-year-old woman of her cellphone, R200 in cash and her ID on the same day at about 2 pm in Mkondeni.

The rapist lured women from the city centre, offering them job opportunities.

“Yes, we need jobs but I urge every woman to be careful,” the survivor advised.

At the end of last year almost a quarter of South Africans — 4,9 million — were unemployed; 2,9 million had been seeking work for more than a year.

The 28-year-old is receiving counselling. “I think the pain is slowly fading away,” she said.

• gabisile.ngcobo@witness.co.za

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